Tuesday, July 24, 2012

You can't handle the truth!

Actually, *I* can't handle the truth. But here it is anyway. As of June 2011, I had lost 98 pounds. Between then and about January of 2012, I gained 18 pounds. That is the truth. And tho I eat like a rabbit (a wino rabbit, but stillllll), those 18 pounds have decided to stick around.

It's pretty typical to gain weight after a drastic diet like Medifast. In fact that's why my original goal was to lose 120 pounds, not 100. So that I had some wiggle room...about 20 pounds of wiggle room to be exact.

So, hey, turns out I was right about needing the wiggle room. Awesome. I guess the good news is that I gained that 18 pounds back over six or seven months and I haven't gained any more in the six months since. But I've been trying to lose that 18 pounds and can't seem to swing it eating greens and protein, 1200 calories a day, and running a bit. Irritating. Now I'm thinking I should just really go on medifast with a 40 pound goal so that I can get to my original goal with staying power. How crazy does this shit sound? C R A Z Y.

Look, I know that some of you will say, "hey you should just let it go" and "you're fine the way you are" etc. But, I'm in charge of me. I want those 18 pounds gone.

In other news, I continue to wear clothes and a lot of 'em. And I still can't take a decent photo.

  • Worthington black/white tweedy pencil skirt $4
  • Black and white clingy cardigan $4
  • Citroen-y t-shirt $4
  • Patent leather t-straps $7
  • White beads and clip ons $4
  • Scarf $1
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Hmmm. Needs something. What?
  • Perfectly comfortable business lady wear, eh?
Total outfit cost: $24

Friday, July 20, 2012

Check out my kooky stockings

I have a couple twin sets but I can never really make 'em work. Just...so..monocolor. And this one isn't doing me any favors, ist it? Of course, it's entirely possible that *I* am not doing the sweater any favors. It's all just a bit long and bulky on me.

  • White twin set with beaded color and lapel $7
  • Swingy black/tweedy skirt with a teeny lace slip peeking out $4
  • Necklaces and earrings $4
  • Chunky black Mudd boots $0 (it's time to wear 'em for free after so so many uses!)
  • Scarf $1
Not thrifted:
  • Tattoo style tights $10 (see the pic below)
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • Nothing special, but I liked wearing it all day. 'Cept for the bulky big-ness of the cardigan.
Total outfit cost: $26

PS: Check out my tights! Oh I know this whole look has been D-O-N-E. But I still like it! I do!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Photos are liars

So get this. I continue to be flummoxed by the taking of an honest, non-blurry, not horrible photo every day. I am all over the place and don't really have a system. I have bought a supposedly better digital camera, and I do use a little tripod sitch but still...blurry, a little or a lot. This is despite having been a trained professional photographer in a former lifetime (Sears Portrait Studio. 1983. Assistant Manager. YEAH.)

For today's outfit, I tried to take the photo at the office (I'm always a little bit in a hurry there so I can't fuck around too much) and thought it was fine but blurry. So, I decided that maybe it was all about the light so I took another when I got home. 

At the office. Fakey light.
At home. Sunshiney.
Same girl, same day, same outfit. Uhhh, OKAY. 

Obviously the angle is somewhat different. I kind of hate the one at home where I am an inverted triangle cuz of the higher shelf from which I take it. 

Neither is a good outfit photo.

Ay yi yi. I guess I still get a sense of what's going in with the clothings and the body and stuff. But still. Bah. So different!

  • Brown polyester a-line circle skirt. I LOVE THIS SKIRT. $7
  • Orange-ish fake leather belt $2
  • Green and white polka dot polyester shirt $4
  • Jean jacket $7
  • Blue and green and white polka dot scarf from my mom $0
  • White ball earrings and necklace $4
Not thrifted:
  • Seychelles wedge mary-jane-ish heels $20
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I love the idea of a jean jacket but never like it in reality. Too boxy? Or is it that I feel too much like Amy Grant? It does work in terms of color, I think. But everything else, hmmmm.
  • I really liked this outfit other than the jacket. Even if it does make me look very large chestified. Whatever. I am.
Total outfit cost: $44

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I am your 9th grade spanish teacher.

Actually, my 9th grade spanish teacher was Sister Ernestine. I look, let's say, nothing like her. Maybe more like Sister Paula, my 12th grade art teacher. I TA'd for her. She was a nun, but not the kind that wore a habit or anything and she definitely rocked the vaguely ethnic, natural fiber sort of look like I'm sporting in this getup. Of course, if I was really going for that, I would have worn a mexican smocked shirt. 

I really liked Sister Paula. She was cool. Come to think of it, I think she is the reason I got scouted by the nuns my senior year in high school. I even went to a sleepover at the convent with a bunch of other girls, complete with a Really Spontaneous Midnight Snack Raid. AWKWARD. Those nuns, whoa, they were trying so hard to be friendly and normal and casual in their curlers and robes, but, you know, no. I felt bad for them. Most of them were pretty nice. Still, I wasn't *really* in the market to become a nun and I eventually had to turn down their invitations to Super Fun Nun Events. Once you've seen Sister Anne Eugene in her jams, it's all downhill.

  • Beautiful vintage silk travel scarf (tropical/islandy) $2
  • Red acrylic(!) lucky sweater $7
  • Polyester cross-hatch print shirt $3
  • Woven black belt $2
  • Camel sweater material-ish skirt with poncho fringe $4
  • Bangles $4 (so pretty! see the photo below!)
  • Bead-y necklaces $4
  • Pretty little shell clip-ons, gifted
Not thrifted:
  • T.U.K. black peep-toe platforms $16
  • White undershirt $2
What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  •  I like the colors in this a lot - camel, black, white, mustard, a little aqua, red.
  • And I LOVE this skirt. Comfortable, charming, and a little retro. AND LONG. Especially since it was 54 degrees in San Francisco when I wore this, that extra warmth was a good thing.
  • But. But. The layers up top needed to be more varied. I could have tucked the shirt in, but it still wasn't right. The sweater needed to be shorter I think. 
  • And, don't laugh, I could have used another necklace.
 Total outfit cost: $44

P.S. Bangles! From the top to the bottom...

  • Orangey/gold thick plastic (maybe bakelite?)
  • Etched asian print on black wood
  • Tortoise-shell looking bone (so the flea market lady said, at least)
  • Mustard plastic (maybe bakelite?)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I have always been a little fancy

I have always been just a little bit fancy. OBVS. By "fancy," I mean "drawn to the ridiculous." Oh, I very often didn't quite express it, or, maybe, didn't quite know how to express it. But I always was. Fancy.

I remember when I turned 18 and was on a motorhome trip with my sisters and my one brave brother-in-law. I took a shower and changed into my jams - in this case a thrift store nightgown and peignoir in flouncy white lace. My family busted up with laughter, a little bit at-me-not-with-me actually. Because, well, I was ridiculous.

You learn early on that if you're gonna be the fanciest person in the room, people will stare/laugh/point/roll their eyes/be confused at/by you. I'm not complaining - it's not as if I'm trying to blend in - but at the same time I do find it odd and a little exasperating at times. It's not crazy how being a step or two or six outside the lines is so attention-getting; it's crazy that it elicits some kind of barely concealed contempt. Seriously. It's a head-scratcher. The only way to get used to it is to never do anything else. Then, you don't even notice the stares anymore.


I say all this because I got this amazing little sweater at a thrift store last week. Vintage, ivory, lambswool with a magical (and detachable) fake fur collar. It was marked $10, but it was half-price day. $5! $5-freaking-dollars! So I had to buy it.

But, frankly, I have a bzillion upscaley fancy things that I rarely wear because when do you wear fancy things? So, I just decided to wear it. On a Tuesday. No big. It's just a sweater, right?


  • The ivory cardigan $5
  • Black nylon t-shirt $3
  • Brown Laredo wrap around skirt $5
  • Black chunky Mudd boots $10
  • Bangles $3
  • Gifted vintage black/gold clip-ons $0
  • Scarf $1
  • Super cool magnifying glass and locket necklace. $2 ( See just how cool below)
Not thrifted: Nothing!

What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • There is nothing like wearing fake fur all day to make you feel like surely you have some sort of event - no, scratch that - some sort of soiree to attend later. I defy anyone not to feel fabulous. Yes, there was a certain amount of aforementioned skeptical attention. But I'm good with that.
  • I'm not certain if its the photo or the outfit, but I kinda lost my waist here. Hmmm.
Total outfit cost:$29

P.S. See this fantastic flea market find of a necklace? See? 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A clingy black cardigan is the very best cardigan

A true true fact: my clingy black cardigan goes with everything. Witness:

So, it's a sad thing (yeah yeah first world sad blah blah) when your favorite cardi is beginning to get snags and runs and nubbles. This particular one is silk and nylon, so not too many nubs but still. It's getting on. I've been on the lookout for a new one, but the right one of this kind is not too common. And then, while at the Goodwill in Healdsburg on Sunday (where I found a MAGNIFICENT set of wooden tray tables perfect for the inn), I found FIVE. FIVE. All of 'em clingy, all of 'em slightly interesting with a bead or a button or a flower. None are exact, but all are quite good. At $3 each, I bought them all. What can I say - I feel comforted knowing my black clingy cardigan needs are met. It's the little things people!

Here is the first one...It's INC and has nylon floralish embellishments. The person who gave it to the Goodwill probably did so because it's missing a few florets on one side. I actually thought that made it look better. Less matchy-matchy. I consulted with my colleague HB and we pulled a few off the other side too. Now it looks intentionally asymmetrical, but not in the weird wrinkled wrong berkeley rich lady way. 

I am wearing it with my favorite t-shirt of all time - square bodice with halter neckline around the top. See how the white peeks out up there? Awesome.

  • Black embellished INC cardigan $3
  • White t-shirt $2
  • Orvis long wool skirt with pinks and green floral yarn embroidery around the hemline $4
  • Black high-heeled sketchers $6
  • Bangles $2
  • Pink clipons $2
  • Scarf $1
Not thrifted: Nothing.

What I would change about this outfit now that I've seen the photo:
  • I've been in to wearing longer skirts lately in general and particularly now because I have a mad case of poison oak all over my legs. PRETTY. You can't see it, but trust and believe, PRETTY. However, HB and I agreed that this skirt could easily be a little bit more of the knee length variety than mid-calf. 
  • This outfit needed a little rocknroll to cut the country. Not sure what though.
  • The shoes are...not quite right.
Total outfit cost: $20. DANG ME, I'm thrifty!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Oh yeah. What. Hi. So.

We interrupt this staycation from this here blawg to actually blawg.

What is a staycation from a blawg? I do not know. I merely meant, like, I was gone without going anywhere yet didn't make any blawg good times.


I actually took an outfit photo today but that's gonna happen for y'all tomorrow because I've been blawgone for so long I can't quite put my finger on my camera and thus decided to use my cameraphone but naturally that device was being an asshole so then I had to use Sir Cardigan's cameraphone and because I also can't quite put my finger on my cord that connects the camera to the computron I then and also therefore had to email myself the photos which, here in Cardiganza, takes a mindblowingly long time and so forth I do not have the outfit post for you on this day which is today.

PHEW. It is a LOT of work filling up blawg space with a run-on sentence but I DID IT. FOR YOU.

As mentioned, I've been busy and busy.

1. There was this:

Sir C and I do not have children and have managed to sponge off our childbearing friends. Turns out, those little buttons grow up, dagnabbit. And, one of ours graduated from college down in LA. She works at Disneyland and is so sweet, kind, and all-around darling that she practically *is* a Disney character. So we made her a (classic-style) Disneylandia game chock-full of memories and advice and fun. We don't know if she'll ever play it, but if she does she'll find out that it mostly just says we love her in glue, foam, photos and sheer unabashed maudlin-ness.

2. And this:

Ha ha ha ha. HA HA HA. The fourth of July in our little inn-town is quite freaking amazing, mostly because of the parade. It's just a great, creative, funny, and fun parade. This was our second year to enter with our inn's own float. We turned our little truck into a bathtub. A bottle of overflowing bubbles, guests in robes passing out bubbles. Rubber ducks. ETC. The theme was "The Andiron: Good clean fun!" In the spur-of-the-moment, I elected to wrap a towel around myself (instead of my planned bathrobe) and appear to be naked-ish in the tub. Which, you know, is fine in a that's-the-spirit sort of way but, umm, not in the "my upper arms are my least favorite part of my body" sort of way. So there's that.

3. And also this:

Yeah, my company merged with another company. Kind of a big deal in which I Am A Businessperson. So, that was, y'know, a thing.

All this to say that after having bought five - FIVE - black, lightly embellished cardigans over the past week along with one SERIOUSLY FABULOUS fur-collared number, there are some outfit photos in your future. 

Onward, friends. It's July! Cardigan season! Yay!